Since we are featuring Honey this week I think we should learn some honey bee facts, after all so many healing and health-promoting opportunities for the humans begin with this little busy creature.
Foraging bees have to fly about 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey, visiting around 2 million flowers.
Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, etc.
It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.
The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in their lifetime.
A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.
It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
The bee's brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
A colony of bees consists of 20,000 to 60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work at all. All they do is mating. In fact, before winter or when food becomes scarce, female honeybees usually force surviving males out of the nest.
The honey bee has been around for millions of years.
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